The FBI seized Sen. Rick Saccone’s phone Tuesday, a day after they raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, according to Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Scott Perry.
During a Fox News interview, the agents confronted Perry when he was on vacation with his family and took his phone without attempting to contact his attorney, who would have handed over the phone to authorities. Perry said that the FBI’s confiscation of his cellphone and Mar-a-Lago raid were reminiscent of events in a third-world nation.
“Like Trump last night, DOJ has chosen this excessive and aggressive action rather than simply reaching out to my attorneys,” Perry said. “These kinds of banana-republic tactics should worry everyone, especially given the impending vote in Congress to hire 87,000 new IRS agents to continue persecuting good people.”
Perry’s remarks come after FBI agents conducted a search warrant at President Donald Trump’s home in Florida on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal, seizing at least ten boxes of material. According to several sources, the raid was triggered by documents that Trump had failed to return to the National Archives.
“I’m infuriated — but not shocked — that the FBI, under the direction of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, seized my phone. My phone contains information on my legislative and political activities as well as personal and private talks with my wife, family, constituents, and friends. The government has no business reading or listening to our conversations.”